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7 winners share Dh1 million Emirates Loto prize, one of them in coronavirus quarantine

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on June 2, 2020

Two of the winner chose to remain anonymous.

Seven UAE residents, including six expats and an Emirati will share Emirates Loto's Dh1 million prize - with one of them claiming his share in coronavirus quarantine.

A 39-year-old UAE-based Indian national,Neeraj Tiwari, is one of the winners of the Dh1 million prize with six others, but his story is a sign of the times. Having lived in the UAE for 12 years, Neeraj decided to take a trip home to India to see his wife and two children and subsequently ended up following quarantine procedures while there.

Planning to share his winnings with his family, he said: "Shortly after the live draw, I received an email notification followed by a call congratulating me on the win. I had to check my numbers about 100 times before I even believed I had won! I feel so lucky and blessed. If I can win, anyone can win."

Another six UAE residents including four Indian nationals, a UAE national and a Syrian also each took Dh142,857 home after matching five out of six numbers in the draw.

Muhand Nwaf Rezk, a 40-year-old executive director from Syria who has been residing in Abu Dhabi for the past ten years, was overwhelmed to find out that he had won. "This is the first time I have ever won anything," said the father of six.

"With my winnings, I am going to help my family back in Syria and I will donate to Emirates Red Crescent charity as I have been supporting them for some time."

Sukhjinder Singh, a 44-year-old mechanic supervisor from India and resident, was thrilled to win the prize. Married with three children, it was the first time he had entered the Emirates Loto draw and plans to build a new home in his native Punjab and donate to Gurudwara, a local charity. "I was initially nervous when I found out I had won. When it later became a reality I felt overjoyed and incredibly emotional. Everybody has a wish in life, but fortune makes wishes a reality."

Arun Unnikrishna Pillai, a 35-year-old Indian quality control inspector who resides in the UAE, was another lucky winner of the second cash prize. "I feel truly blessed. I am going to look after my family and make some plans with the amount I have won."

Muneer Kunnath, a 40-year-old office administrator, also from India and a Dubai resident said, "It feels so great. My wife and I still cannot believe it. I plan to use the funds to build a new dream home."

"To have as many as seven lucky winners share the Dh1 million last week was great, and it is fantastic to hear about winners' plans to help loved ones and charity efforts both in the UAE and in their home countries. This generosity is a true reflection of what we stand for - changing lives for the better," said Paul Sebestyen, CEO of Emirates Loto.

The remaining two winners, an Indian national and an Emirati chose to remain anonymous.

With no jackpot winners to date, Dh50 million is still up for grabs this coming weekend. The next live draw will take place at 9.00pm on Saturday, 6 June, and can be watched live on www.emiratesloto.com , Emirates Loto's social media platforms, and on Asianetnews Facebook page.


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